Harpring leads Jazz past Blazers
Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Matt Harpring led all scorers with 29
points as the Utah Jazz kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 110-93 win
over Portland at the Delta Center.
Andrei Kirilenko had 24 points, nine rebounds, seven blocks and five assists
for the Jazz, who moved 2 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers and
Sacramento Kings in the battle for the final two playoff spots in the
Western Conference. Utah is in a tie with New Orleans/Oklahoma City on the
outside looking in to the playoffs.
Mehmet Okur scored 18 points and grabbed 10 boards for Utah. Carlos Boozer and
Keith McLeod each scored 11 points, while Harpring added a season-high six
Zach Randolph scored 28 points and snatched nine rebounds for the Trail
Blazers, who lost their fourth straight game against Utah. Darius Miles scored
13 points, Steve Blake had 12 and Sebastian Telfair added 10 off the bench.
With the Jazz holding on to a six-point lead in the third quarter, Deron
Williams converted a three-pointer to ignite a 12-3 run as Utah built a 15-
point lead with 2:22 left to play. The lead rose to 16 after a Devin Brown
three-pointer, but the Trail Blazers scored the last five points of the period
to cut the deficit to down to 11, 83-72, heading into the fourth.
Telfair converted a three-point play and then nailed a running jumper to bring
Portland within seven, 86-79, with 9:58 left to play in regulation, but the
Trail Blazers failed to make a basket over the next six minutes as Utah re-
built a 14-point lead with less than four minutes to play. Portland did not
get closer than nine the rest of the way.
Capped by a Kirilenko three pointer, the Jazz raced out on a 10-1 run to start
the game and led by seven at the end of the first quarter, 32-25.
The Trail Blazers got to within three in the second quarter after Miles
drained two from the charity stripe, but Harpring nailed a trey with four
seconds left as Utah led 56-50 at the break.
Williams scored five points and dished out seven assists, while Brown scored
nine off the bench for the Jazz…Utah outrebounded Portland 45-32…The Trail
Blazers shot 44.6 percent from the field, while the Jazz shot 51.4 percent.